January 31, 2017

This is a short article on how to get true stereo from your electronics. 

In order for a sound to be stereo, it needs two discrete audio paths. Without two discrete channels of audio, your electronics will always be in mono, no matter where you pan them. 

In practical ap...

October 25, 2016

Almost every marching band shows features exposed moments with a soloist or two. These moments can be tremendously effective, giving the show musicality and contrast. However, if they are not mic'ed and balanced correctly, you can totally blow what would have been a ni...

October 16, 2016

This is a hot issue with many marching ensembles, indoor and outdoor. Often times a group can't get the volume they want out of their system because at a point,

September 24, 2016

Setting constant volume levels in Mainstage can often be unreliable. Either the fader doesn't amplify sounds loud enough, a fader jumps way out of position, or the fader gets moved and doesn't revert back to it's original value. 

A couple years ago, I was look...

August 28, 2016

One of the biggest mistakes new engineers make when mixing an ensemble is not understanding the differences between volume and balance. All too often, our first solution to a problem is to "make things louder". By understanding the differences between these two words,...

July 13, 2016

     One of electronics biggest benefits on the marching field is it's ability to amplify instruments, specifically the keyboards,  and help make them more audible. This article is about one mixing technique that will help clear your keyboard mix up instantly: the Filt...

May 11, 2016

One of Mainstage's most attractive features is it's ability to easily trigger audio samples. This is most easily done through the ESX24 instrument plug in, which comes with Mainstage. Load in an audio file to the sampler, map it to a key, and you're good to go. Below I...

May 8, 2016

    One commonly overlooked feature in Mainstage is the ability to record a performance. This allows you record and hear exactly when your synths players were playing, or if you're routing keyboards through Mainstage, it allows you to hear their mix as well. In additio...

May 7, 2016

    One often overlooked feature in Mainstage is the ability to use multiple synths on the same session. For the marching activity, this means that we get huge bang for our buck, so long as we set it up properly. Below I will walk you through those steps....

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